Baseball Update – Wake Comes to Town

It’s been a pretty good week for Wolfpack Baseball (20-9, 5-5 ACC). After a disappointing washout weekend in Tallahassee two weeks ago, this past weekend they went on the road and won a series vs defending Nat’l Champs UVa, the Pack’s first series win in Charlottesville since ’07.

Then last night they methodically went to work and took down a plucky Charlotte team for the 2nd time in just over a week to make it 4 wins in their last 5 outings.

Corey Wilder (#35,JR,RHP) took the home win vs Charlotte on six strong scoreless innings, scattering four hits along the way. More amazing still, he walked no one and hit no one.  For a guy who has struggled with control more often than not, this was a huge outing for him.  The win pushes his overall record to 1-1 on the season, and lowers his ERA to 5.73.

Next Man Up

As I mentioned previously, Evan Mendoza (#18,SO,3B) and Stephen Pitarra (#7,SO,2B) have been huge for the Pack. Both have unexpectedly gotten meaningful time in the infield while some other guys try to work thru some offensive struggles, and both have been invaluable.

Well, this week it’s time to sing the praises of Brett Kinneman (#6,FR,LF). Kinneman was always going to be an important player for the Pack, but due to circumstance he’s gotten his chance earlier than expected. After a slow start he’s lifted his average to .368 on the season, and Wednesday vs Charlotte he had 3RBI and scored a run.

He also did this….


Trust me, that was harder than it looks. That ball was dying fast and his jump/judgement on it was perfect.  Left Field may be his job to lose going forward.

Speed Kills

The Pack’s speed in the field has been a tremendous plus defensively all along, but finally it seems that it’s paying off on the basepaths as well. It takes time to learn how to read a pitcher’s motion and steal bases, and the light seems to have come on for both Brock Deatherage (#13,SO,RF) and Josh McLain (#15,SO,CF).  Each had two swipes last night vs Charlotte, with Deatherage actually choosing incorrectly on a pick off move and still beating out the throw from 1B to 2B.

As Trea Turner proved, causing havoc on the basepaths can be a big plus to get inside the opposition’s head, especially the pitcher. Hopefully this will become a trend.

Wake Comes to Town

This weekend the 14th ranked Wolfpack welcomes Wake Forest(19-12, 5-7 ACC) to town for a three game series at the Doak. The Pack is playing well and this is a great opportunity to make some noise in the standings. But in spite of having won only a single series this season (Duke), Wake is no pushover.

With Louisville and Florida State hopefully pounding on one another this weekend (‘Ville, take 2 out of 3 please), the series with Wake takes on even more importance if the Pack hopes to edge themselves closer to the top teams in the division.

Weekend Schedule

  • Friday 4/8, 6:30pm – ESPN3
  • Saturday 4/9, 6:30pm
  • Monday 4/11, 7pm – ESPNU*

*TAKE NOTE…no Sunday game. Game three is Monday and will be on REAL LIVE TEEVEE BOXES as ESPNU’s prime time game.

Elsewhere in the ACC this weekend

  • UVa at BC
  • GT at Pitt
  • (4)Louisville at (9)FSU
  • (12)Clemson at Duke
  • (3)Miami at ND
  • VT at (13)Carolina

ACC Standings

Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Florida State 7-1-0 .875 20-7-0 .741
Louisville 9-3-0 .750 23-5-0 .821
Clemson 7-5-0 .583 22-7-0 .759
NC State 5-5-0 .500 20-9-0 .690
Notre Dame 6-6-0 .500 16-11-0 .593
Wake Forest 5-7-0 .417 19-12-0 .613
Boston College 3-7-0 .300 14-10-0 .583
Schools Conf W-L-T Conf PCT W-L-T PCT
Miami 10-2-0 .833 24-4-0 .857
Georgia Tech 6-6-0 .500 22-7-0 .759
North Carolina 6-6-0 .500 21-8-0 .724
Virginia 6-6-0 .500 19-12-0 .613
Pitt 5-7-0 .417 13-12-0 .520
Duke 4-8-0 .333 15-14-0 .517
Virginia Tech 1-11-0 .083 10-20-0 .333

In spite of the FSU series being a huge disappointment, and the Pack’s comeback bid falling short in the one game that WASN’T rained out…some good plays did happen….

Go Pack!!!!!

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    It’s been a pretty good week for Wolfpack Baseball (20-9, 5-5 ACC). After a disappointing washout weekend in Tallahassee two weeks ago, this past week
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    This week, he be all like Corey LESS WILD ,, amirite??

    As a Most Glorious el beisbol Cardinals fan, I likes to watch good defense, so I think I might enjoy watching this team as more games get televised.


    uRrite. And hopefully it won’t be just this week. The handful of outings he’s had when he had command he’s been just this side of frigging untouchable.


    Pack overcomes a 5 run deficit to down Wake in game one tonight, 11-7 final.


    5 WF errors….ouch!

    Got to see the recap on ACC Sports app.



    Thanks for the videos.


    I thought that was mighty gentlemanly of them to spot WF 5 runs. Winning with class.
    It looked like it was going to be big trouble early, but thankfully Staley was able to settle things down and Avent got them fired up or at least got to go take it easy about 5 hours before everyone else. Well, everyone but Piedmonte that is.


    Pack falls behind again to Wake today, this time 2-0. Comes back, walks off 3-2 in 10 on a Preston Palmeiro RBI single.
    Go for the brooms on Monday night.


    This time WE have the five errors, but won with some clutch hitting.



    Looking good after 2. 2-0. Watching on the U.

    Communism is not love. Communism is a hammer which we use to crush the enemy. Mao Zedong


    I like radio baseball, and Haynes on a balmy type Spring night. Tony Haynes will go down as the most underrated voice State has ever had.

    Shame if it takes half a century to get him in the NCAA HOF. Same for my buddy, and spotter, Francis Combs.


    You gotta like any balmy spring night…just got back from walking the dog with the wife and kid, it doesn’t get much better, unless of course, I could have another libation on the deck or side porch while listening to said game (assuming we don’t have a speith-esque meltdown.)




    Brooms fo’ evahbody. Nice sweep. 6-1 final tonight.


    Pack travels to Elon tonight, beats the ever loving dog mess out of the Phoenix.
    23-3 Final.


    For those who want to know:

    Weekend series coming up against GA Tech @ Tech.
    Friday 7pm on ESPN3
    Saturday 7pm on ESPN3
    Sunday 1pm on ESPN3

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